Thursday night saw Manchester’s Northern Quarter play host to the second of our One Great Song Presents shows over at Jimmy’s. I may be slightly biased having chosen the bands myself, but it was certainly a strong line up. With Fallowfield’s The Covasettes taking the headline slot, M60 and our not so scouse favourites The Wools took the opening slots.
I’ll repeat myself once again, because I just bloody love The Wools. They’re probably my favourite of all the bands I've written about on here and I expect they’ll remain to be for a long time. Whether you like jangly guitar, chilled and cheerful atmospheres or you just appreciate good haircuts, they’ve got something for everyone.
The ever so dreamy vocals of George Holland backed up with the cheery drum beats of one freshly graduated drummer were just as I’d planned, the perfect start to what quickly became a a lovely evening of incredible new music. Despite being their first ever show outside of Liverpool, The Wools pulled off what was for me, the best set of the night. I'm still yet to find a debut which has excited me in the same way as Heard It All Before, and it's just as exciting live as recorded. My anticipation for more singles has rapidly grown since catching their live set twice, all I can do is urge you to give them a listen.
Having ran upstairs for a few minutes, I returned to the basement to find M60 had taken to the stage and packed the room. I found myself stuck at the back rather than attempting to shove my way through the now busy and bouncing crowd while the young Manchester lads smashed through a set full of energetic indie.
Featuring debut single Honey, as well as latest release Talk, M60’s entire set overflowed with the confidence of a band who’ve been together forever. Frontman Matt Morton has an air of Van McCann about him, especially while playing a blistering cover of 7. My personal highlight was their cover of Peace’s Wraith, but there wasn’t a single moment of their set which didn’t capture the crowds attention; sure to be playing some big stages in the near future.
Despite battling illness, The Covasettes brought something a bit special to Jimmy's. Their atmospheric indie rock sound was the perfect ending to what was most likely the best Thursday night I've had in a long while. The four piece’s ability to combine emotion and atmosphere with good energy and immersive riffs is enough alone to prove they’re capable of big things, everything else is just a bonus.
With their set including Higher and upcoming single This Feeling, there really wasn’t any low point amongst the 45 minute slot. There's bucket loads of talent amongst The Covasettes, from stunning vocals to self proclaimed origami champion Buckley’s drum solos, you'd be a bit silly not to look out for them in the future.
Overall I couldn’t have asked for three better bands to play for us, there was nothing but compliments flying around Jimmy’s basement and there’s no doubt that this lot will be achieving huge things in the near future.
Massive thank you to The Covasettes, M60, and The Wools for playing, and to Niamh Burke, Flo McCarthy for their photography.